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Email blast for 5-5-20: More on PUA benefits

posted May 6, 2020, 8:51 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated May 6, 2020, 8:51 AM ]


I. As a result of the Blast last week, I have had several conversations with other officials regarding the availability of Pandemic Unemployment Act  (PUA) benefits. The questions obviously came up among many officials, particularly those with other 1099, W-2  or pension income, as to whether or not they would qualify for such benefits as a result of the loss of the Collegiate and High School track seasons. I am referring to the benefits recently made available to part time, 1099 and "gig" workers affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

I have heard of officials who have applied and have been successful in receiving benefits. This would on the surface appear to be contrary to the initial information I received that any W-2 income or pension income would prohibit receipt of benefits under the PUI. 

Some friends of mine from the music world who knew I was interested in this issue have shared with me a chart distributed by the Boston Musicians Association. Under that chart those who receive either or both W-2 and 1099 income or those who just receive 1099 income, that are affected by the COVID-19 shut down should apply benefits under either normal unemployment or the recently enacted PUA. While I have NOT verified the validity of that information, it does seem more liberal than the original understanding. 

The bottom line is that everyone's circumstances are different and if there are any questions each member should check out the information on the web including the items below and check out the application on their own.

Please include this letter or reference to this  letter n the BLAST this weekend. 

Thank you 

Dennis Berry
Recording Secretary

  This material is shared for informational purposes and not as professional "advice" from someone such as an accountant, attorney, financial planner or banking institution. This material should not be considered definitive, comprehensive or in any way a legal opinion by Dennis Berry, nor does it constitute any direction from the Mass. Track and Field Officials Association. No one should rely on the information provided as a full discussion of unemployment law in general, the CARES act or the Pandemic Unemployment Act. All information provided is as part of general discussion and does not create any attorney-client relationship in any way with any individual or any organization. Any persons using or reacting to the information provided does so at their own risk. All persons are encouraged to pursue further information through the Commonwealth of Mass. and to make application for any possible benefits they may feel due. 

II. Folks,
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